Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

By Peter Moeykens

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2010-03-20
  • Current Version: 9.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 20.24 MB
  • Developer: Peter Moeykens
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 175 Ratings


"In love with drawing again!" Our Camera Lucida application can make an artist out of anyone! Although there are hundreds of apps that allow you to draw on your screen, Camera Lucida is different. It's the best app specifically designed to assist you in creating art with traditional materials such as pen and paper, charcoal or paints. With Camera Lucida, you don't draw on the screen, you draw on paper! For over a century, artists have made use of the camera lucida optical device to superimpose a live view of their subject onto their drawing or painting surface. Essentially allowing the artist to trace what they see in front of them, the camera lucida is an invaluable aid in creating a lifelike and realistic drawing. With our Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad application, artists and non-artists alike can now draw anything they can take a photo of. Our application will superimpose your image of choice with a live view of your drawing surface. When looking at your screen, you'll be able to simultaneously see the image you want to draw as well as your drawing surface as you create your work of art. Our Camera Lucida application allows you to choose any image stored on your device. It even allows you to specify the amount of transparency between the live view and the image you're drawing. Additionally, Camera Lucida has image processing filters that can be used to simplify the drawing process further. Functions such as posterizing, color reduction, comic book effects, edge detection, etc. help tremendously for guiding your hand while producing your next masterpiece. To use our application, you just place your iphone between your drawing surface and your eyes and trace what you see on the screen! A ton of fun for artists young or old, amateur or professional, the Camera Lucida app makes a great addition to any artist's toolbox. IMPORTANT: To use Camera Lucida, you need to fix your iPhone or iPad in place above your drawing. We use a stack of books or a flower vase to do this. Tutorials are included in the app to help you get started. This app is dedicated to Carolyn Hall Young, 1953-2016 who created the splash art and inspired us all.



  • Sliced bread move over!

    By passionworks
    I actually make my living as an artist and it is simply the greatest timesaver I have ever found. This saves me about 15 minutes a drawing by allowing me to map out the landmarks of the figure and I know the proportions are right from the get go. I purchased the stand that was recommended in the tutorial and was up and going in five minutes. The ability to zoom in on the reference picture and have it scale on the drawing is brilliant. Get this app you will NOT be disappointed!
  • Camera Lucida is an astounding App!

    By BK Able
    I love this app. The other good reviews have said it all, so I won't repeat them. I don't think there could be a better app for an artist's productivity. Easy and intuitive for beginners - do watch the tutorials and join the Camera Lucida Facebook group for inspiration. I can't speak for advanced artists as I am not one, but I'm sure it would be a great tool for anyone.
  • This is fun app

    By badzny5
    If you how to trace, you can use this app and create art.
  • Great app, great developer

    By Meredith1818
    I am enjoying this app very much! Also, I had a technical problem when I first installed it and Peter was amazingly quick to respond and help and solve the problem. He even reached out a few days later to make sure it was still working!
  • I absolutely love this app!

    By Chelsf
    This app has been so valuable to me in my custom cookie business. It’s easy to use, and has so many cool applications. Thank you!!!
  • Really great app for anyone who wants to draw!!

    By TedK.
    I love being able to draw pictures from my photos. Really let's you overcome fears if you are, like me, drawing challenged... Have made many lovely pen and ink drawings of some of my favorite photos of my daughter that I put in my journal. It is fun, plus they won't fade over time like photos might (given an archival ink)... I have always wanted to make pen and ink drawings that look good and this has been an absolutely fabulous tool. I just got an Osmo stand and front camera mirror and am looking forward to using it as it seems like it will be more convenient than the standard setup of putting the iPad on a stack of books. I set it up with the Osmo but have yet to actually draw with the Osmo in use. That said, it certainly seems like it will be more convenient to have the iPad and drawing both easily visible while you are drawing, instead of basically 100% looking "through" the iPad. I very, VERY rarely purchase apps (I think this is my second in history) but have absolutely no regrets. It really is a wonderful tool to help ANYONE draw well and I am thrilled!
  • I love this app!

    By Turtle101101
    This app is really getting me back in touch with my love of drawing. When you get so busy with work and everyday life you forget some things you used to enjoy. This app has brought this back to me! Yes I need to practice, and I am enjoying it! Yes, I recommend this app! Thank you!!
  • Lots of fun for everyone !

    By SdaleAk
    Camera Lucinda is a fun art tool regardless of your age or skill .it can make an artist out of anyone . It helps you create art with whatever medium you choose because you aren’t drawing on the screen you are drawing on paper or canvas or whatever ! You can draw anything you can take a picture of . It has image processing filters that can simplify the drawing and functions such as posterizing, color reduction, comic book effects,and much more . The developer is passionate about his app and offers great support ! This is my favorite art app and a real bargain .
  • Very useful for art creation

    By Boolian Logically
    The recent 9.0 updates to this app make it even more useful! Buy the app - you will not be sorry. Join the Facebook group to see all of the great art it makes possible. I do both watercolor painting and relief printing. This app is very useful in getting the image to the paper or directly to the Lino or woodblock. One can do a simple outline or even just indicate points accurately to later be completed by brush or by cutting the plate. It can easily be used to create a complete drawing though this Is not how I use it. It is a very versatile tool with many applications.
  • Excellent artist’s tool

    By marisy55
    Before using Camera Lucida I was either forced to use a grid or my light box to transfer images to my drawing paper. Now in 30 minutes or less I can creat an extremely accurate line drawing. This has really improved my art and I’ve even been able to increase my prices and my clientele. I can’t recommend this product enough!